Archive for June, 2019

Kanye West delivered a seven-minute smack down of white privilege and a peace offering to Taylor Swift while on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photo: CHRIS PIZZELLOWhat a difference a year makes huh.
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At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Kanye West suggested he would consider running for the top job in the White House in 2020.

The rapper used his speech, while accepting the Video Vanguard award, to declare his political aspirations, despite also saying: “I’m not no politician, bro.”

Cut to this year’s awards and the self-described “artist-merchant” is already sounding more presidential than the Republican nominee for the 2016 election – Donald Trump.

West, the Paul Keating of his era thanks to his predilection for oration, took the stage at this year’s show to introduce his new music video for Fade and was granted four minutes of uninterrupted coverage by MTV.

The result was a seven-minute smack down of white privilege and a peace offering to Taylor Swift.

“You know, like people come up to me, like man, that’s right take Taylor down – bro, I love all of y’all. That’s why I called her. So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year and one kid came up to me and said, ‘three of my friends died and I don’t know whether I’m going to be the next’ … If you’re seeing people die next to you, life might start to feel worthless in a way,” he said.

He then, once again, compared himself to the greatest innovators and disruptors of all time.

“I sit down and talk to older, rich people, aka ‘white’, you know, and they tell me: ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs, don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney’.

“My friend told me: ‘There are three keys to keeping people impoverished: taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models’. My role models are artist-merchants. Less than 10 I can name in history. Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”

West then rattled off his potential list of advisors, including, his wife Kim Kardashian West, a rapper by the name of 2 Chainz and his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose.

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While the ground may be wet after recent rain, Bathurst Regional Councilhas issued a reminder to residents planning to conduct an open burn ontheir property, to check if they need approval from council to do so.
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Open burning or pile burning is often used by landholders as a convenientway of managing agricultural issues such as stubble, pruning and weedinfestations. It is also used by large and small holdings to manage largepiles of dead and dry vegetation.

If your property is under 10 hectares in size and within the city limits orwithin one of the villages or rural residential areas, you need to seek anOpen Burn Approval from council. There is no fee for this application.

Larger properties over 10 hectares in size do not require an open burnapproval from council. The only requirements are notification of neighboursand the RFS at this time of year.

These approvals only apply outside of the fire danger season and eventhough you have an approval from council you still need to notify the RuralFire Service and your neighbours of your plan to burn.

The requirement foran open burn approval extends until October 1when the fire dangerseason starts.

Mayor Gary Rush said seeking the correct approvals wasimportant for the protection of the city and its people.

“The potential bushfire risk associated with inappropriate burns in ourregion is well known, and the NSW RFS must always be contacted prior tocommencing any burn,” Cr Rush said.

“A less obvious risk with open burns arises from smoke emissions and thepotential resulting health impacts for vulnerable residents who suffer fromasthma and other respiratory illnesses.

“There are some situations where council may consider allowing open burningwithin the city or village and these situations will be dealt with on acase by case basis to ensure residents are not adversely affected.”

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Following an announcement they will be implementing a property based emergency services levy to be paid alongside council rates, the NSW Government are now pushing Councils to prepare for its introduction despite no legislation being passed on the reform.
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Cowra Council is concerned that the NSW Government is forging ahead with the replacement of the existing Emergency Services Levy on insurance policies with this new levy to be collected by local government on behalf of the State.

Cowra mayor Bill West said they were concerned this would happendespite no meaningful consultation with local government on the matter.

The NSW Government has said the new levy will be based on unimproved land values and different property-levy rates will be applied to different categories of land.

“There remain a considerable number of unanswered questions around this new levy and its administration that we will be seeking clarification on,” Cr West, who is currently chair of Centroc, said.

“Further, the NSW RFS have also announced they will be changing their methodology for fund allocation this financial year, and will now be asking for an annual contribution, based on previous year’s expenditure.

“Our District has been considerably proactive in lifting the standards of fire cover in our area over recent years.

“As a result we now will be expected to contribute significantly more and run the risk of being penalised by subsidising less proactive zones.

“The increase has been announced after Councils have already prepared and adopted budgets and no-one has anticipated the significant increases that have resulted, certainly above the CPI or the 1.8% rate pegging increase allowable,” Cr West said.

“The RFS have had uncontrolled and infinite increases in funds from councils over the last twenty years and this latest change will continue to have a dramatic financial impact on Centroc’s member Councils for years to come. We will be urging the Minister for Emergency Services to review this funding methodology,” Cr West said

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A GRADE: Cougars’ goal attack Ella Mickan gets her fingertips to the ball in last week’s game against Ramblers. Picture: Lisa Warner
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Preliminary finalA grade,United Yeelanna vCougars

THESEtwo have an interesting history, with mixed results and thefirst team to settle will more than likely come out on top.

The Cougar goal end has the constant and reliable Ella Mickan, ably backed by Amy Green who shows wisdom beyond her years.

Jess Harris and Alyssa Skinner will be up for the challenge though.

Cool under pressureUnited Yeelanna goalie Rylee Norton has had a great seasonand will be matched by the tall Makayla Siegertand agile Zoey Phelps.

The centre-court will be a physical contest with Morgan McDonald up against Kate Hancock.

United Yeelanna’sSherie Watson will also makeher presence knownagainst Cougars’Bec Monfries.

Expect an action-packed match.

A reserves,Eyre United vCougars

Cougars go inas under dogs, having lost each encounter with Eyre United this year.

Eyre United will have Deb Flavel back, running through the mid-court with association runner-up best and fairest Kristy Modra.

Eyre United goalie Melinda Baldissera and Cougars defender Belinda-Jane Moroney will be match up of the day andCougar goalie Ruby Green and Eyre United defender Bethany Adams should match up well.

It will be a fast paced game full of determination.

B grade,Tumby BayvCougars

Tumby Bay and Cougars have had close games all year. Despite finishing higher, Tumby Bay have lost twice to Cougars.

Lisa James will lead thedefence with Kimberley Agars still out with injury.

She will be up against Josie Turnbull and Amanda Puckridge who combinewell.

Latesha Jefferson could slip back into goals as she did last weekend, which will see a good tussle between her and association best and fairest Bianca Majoor.

The mid-court has a lot of different match-ups and it will be interesting to see how theteams line up.

Spectators can expect a high standard game, with plenty of defensive pressure.

​B reserves,Tumby Bay vLock

Games between these two this year have all been tough,competitive games withTumby Bay winning two out of the three.

Lock goalies Tamara Kirvan andKristy Holman have combinedwell this season, backed up by well by Cathryn Northcott and Sally Potter.

Lock goalies will be up against association best and fairest winner Mel Cave who plays a tight defensive game, and will be looking to shut down the goalies’drive.

Lock Centre Tara Jacob’s speed and agilitywill be a great match up with Tumby centre Monique Trenberth.

At the Tumby goal end Olivia Eldridge’s height and the pressure of Suvdaa Selenge in defence for Lock will be a challenge for goalie Amy Barrettbut she has been shooting beautifully.

This game could go either way.

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Part of the alleged haul of 95 kilograms of cocaine. Photo: Department of Immigration and Border ProtectionThree Canadian nationals have been arrested after 95 kilograms of cocaine were allegedly discovered on a cruise ship that docked in Sydney.
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The stash was allegedly found in locked suitcases during a search of two passenger cabins on the Sea Princess when it berthed in Sydney on Sunday morning.

The seized drugs have an estimated street value of $31 million and this is the largest drug bust of its type on board a cruise ship.

Three passengers Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The three appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Monday.

They did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

The Australian Border Force said the three were allegedly working with a “very well organised syndicate”.

“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs in our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” Australian Border Force Assistant Commissioner Clive Murray said

The Sea Princess docked in Sydney on Sunday morning on the final stages of a 66-day world tour.

The ship began the cruise in Britain at the start of July and visited Canada, the United States, parts of South America, including Colombia and Peru, and Auckland before arriving in Sydney.

The Australian Federal Police said they had been working with counterparts in the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Authorities have not disclosed where the three boarded the ship.

The Australian Federal Police said they were not ruling out further arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

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